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May 2019 Newsletter


First, let me introduce our new and returning members: Mark Bufalini, Flora Diamanti, Nancy Douthey, Nicholas Furlong, Joanne Glannaris, Courtney Hassmann, Joli Holmes, Lee Hudman Jr., Renee Lieber, Nakia Oliver, and Olivia Tarricone. Please take a minute to get to know them by visiting their member pages.

And now for what is coming and what has happened.

ClayHouston has an opportunity for a residency program, culminating with an exhibition, for 10 of our members at Atelierhause Hilmsen Germany in June 2020. Included in the 3-week residency will be a 3-day raku and alternative firing workshop, an on-site exhibition and a trip to Berlin to visit Museums. This is a wonderful chance to build your CV with an international residency and exhibit. We will have a call for applicants in May. Check out

We had our second annual Pop Up Marketplace with lots of sales and attendees. It was a successful event and lots of fun. Thanks to Sierra Estes and the Membership Committee for their hard work in arranging it.

Betsy Evans Hosted our April Clay Creative with a social and program about “Demystifying Documenting Art". I was sorry to miss it but heard it was a great program and a fun social. Thanks, Betsy, Abbie and the Program Committee.

May Programming brings a conversation with Jeff Forester, Chris Silkwood and Damon Thomas. They will discuss their large scale work in the True North 2019 exhibit. The discussion will be held May 11th at the exhibit on Heights Boulevard. Registration is open.

Our June Clay Creative “Print on Clay: Surface Development” is set for June 1, 12 -3 PM  with Nicolle LaMere at BOX 13 ArtSpace. Registration is open. For those of us that want to learn more about surface decoration, it is a must attend. There is no cost to members but space is limited so register early.

Registration is open for “Clay Bodies,” our 5th annual symposium. It will be hosted at Glassell Oct 19 & 20. The artists are Lorna Meaden and Thaddeus Erdahl. We are very excited to have Jessica Fortier Kreutter as our Keynote speaker and Kathryn Hall as our panel moderator. Again, space is limited so please register early. Register Here

For more information on any of our events please scroll down.

  Remember: if you have items you want to buy, trade or giveaway send a description and photo to to get them posted on the Swap Shop on our website.  

Wishing you all a great spring .

Anne Steacy


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Artists are elbows-deep in bowl-making in preparation for the 15th Annual Empty Bowls event to be held May 18th from 11-3 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Bowl donations may be dropped off at the Ceramic Store or at HCCC beginning May 3rd through May 16th.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event.  Duties include bowl staging, greeting the public, assisting with checkout, and boxing the remaining bowls at the end of the day.  If interested in volunteering, you may sign up at:

The Empty Bowls Preview Party is Friday May 17, from 6-8 at HCCC.  50% of ticket sales help support HCCC.  To purchase tickets to the Preview Party, go to:

Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy Street,  once again is generously hosting a month-long exhibition and silent auction to benefit Empty Bowls.  The exhibition is May 4-25 with an opening reception on May 10, from 5-8.   

Michelle Matthews at Mother Dog Studios

Michelle Matthews announces the opening of her exhibition, "Resilient", at Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut Street, Houston, TX 77002 on May 10, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  There will be an artist talk on June 1, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.  Her exhibition runs from May 10 through July 31, 2019. To view her work click here  

Artist Talk with Jeffrey Forster, Chris Silkwood  and Damon Thomas

Artist Talk with Jeffrey Forster and Damon Thomas, May 11, 2019 from 10-12 PM. Chris Silkwood, co-curator of the True North exhibition, will begin the discussion with an introduction about the Heights Boulevard Sculpture ProjectJeff Forster and Damon Thomas will be discussing both of their large-scale sculptures, each included in TRUE NORTH 2019, the sixth iteration of the annual public sculpture exhibit along Heights Boulevard. We will be meeting at Damon Thomas’s piece first, located at Heights & 10th St., right across the street from Sara’s Bed & Breakfast at 941 Heights.  Register Here

Damon Thomas in True North 2019

Damon Thomas’ mixed-media sculpture, “Home Fire,” is one of eight large-scale sculptures included in True North 2019 the sixth iteration of the annual public sculpture exhibit along Heights Boulevard. Standing approximately seven feet high, “Home Fire” combines ceramic “logs” with a metal “flame” and base. This is the first year that ceramic sculpture has been included since True North began in 2014. On view Mar 10 -  Dec 15. For more information:

Jeff Forster in True North 2019

Jeff Forster has “North Space Ruin” in the 1800 block of Heights in "True North", public sculpture in the Heights.  Located at the intersection of 18th St. and Heights Blvd. from March 10th-November of 2019.

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy at Kinder Morgan

JoAnne Sblendorio-Levy has a work accepted in the Glassell Student Exhibition “Water” at the Kinder Morgan Building, 1001 Louisiana Street, in downtown Houston, TX. from Mar 22 to Jun 14,  Mon - Fri, 9 am to 6 pm.

Virginia & Andre Bally at San Antonio Art League

Virginia & Andre Bally are currently exhibiting their work in the San Antonio Art League and Museums members gallery from April 5th through June 30. The San Antonio Art Leagues museum and exhibition space is located in San Antonio's historic King Williams District, 130 King William Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204. (

Carol Berger at Archway Gallery

Carol Berger invites you to attend the opening of her exhibition, From the Earth at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Tx 77006 on April 6, 2019, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Her exhibition runs from April 6, 2019 through May 2, 2019.  Berger will also do a demonstration on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 3pm, at Archway Gallery.  To view her work on the gallery website, click here after April 6:   

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk at TANK Project Space

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk announces an opening of her site-specific installation “Past forgotten, Presence unknown, Future imminent”. The exhibition takes place at TANK Project Space at Spring St. Studios, 1824 Spring St, Houston TX, 77007. The installation is on view from April 13 to June 29, 2019. The artist’s reception date TBD

Print on Clay: Surface Development with Nicolle LaMere

Print on Clay: Surface Development with Nicolle LaMere at Box 13 Artspace on June 1, 2019 from 12-3PM. Participants will be learning how to explore personal narratives through the development of imagery on clay. Nicolle will demonstrate how to make your own englobes from scratch as well as demonstrate newsprint/newspaper transfers and the use of stencils. This workshop is free and open to ClayHouston members only. Space is limited.Register Here

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Regional News

VAA Presents Work, "Identity and Gender Disparity in the Arts"
Three Artists in Conversation: Pat Colville, Terrell James and Rabéa Ballin

Three generations of artists, currently based in Houston, speak about gender dynamics, challenges and rewards of creating through their personal experiences.  The panel will take place at MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002, Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00 pm. Tickets available at MATCH Box Office. 

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HCCC presents "To Be of Use"

HCCC presents "To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork," a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade.  On Friday, February 1, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, the public is invited to join HCCC for the exhibition reception, which also features "Tom Loeser: Please Please Please," open studios by the resident artists, and beer provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. The exhibition is on view February 2 - May 12, 2019.  4848 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002. More info at


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